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National Dairy Month

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Go have a cow.

livestock-384628-1920.jpgSince 1939, June Dairy Month has encouraged homeowners to make milk their go-to breakfast drink. Milk has great nutritional value and has been proven to reduce the risk of osteoporosis in women. This June, pay tribute to dairy farmers across America as they make our lives a little bit sweeter with the best tasting chocolate drink around.

Each dairy farmer does his/her part to conserve land and protect landscapes. Not only do they conserve water and re-use waste, but they keep air clean by using their own air filtration systems. (And, you thought the job was just about milking cows.) Here are five reasons why farmers are choosing a career in dairy farming:

1) Working at a dairy farm teaches new farmers about production agriculture and how to handle livestock.

2) You get to be your own boss - set your own hours and work at your pace.

3) Being a farmer teaches you to respect the environment.

4) You'll learn to be a responsible worker as you care for animals and the farm.

5) You'll learn to multi-task and manage your time.

To become a successful dairy farmer, you will need to milk cows at least three times a day and vaccinate the herd against diseases. You will also need to feed your milking cow and they eat a lot - about 100 pounds of daily feed (a combination of hay, grain, silage and proteins).

If this sounds like you, then you are one step closer to starting a dairy farm of your own. For now, let's give a round of applause to America's farmers (and of course the cows that provide us with milk for our cereal).